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Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn how to read for the main idea (gist) and for deeper comprehension of text on a multilingual boy. To begin with, teacher shows a short video clip to learners, elicits 3 blocking vocabularies and then makes them predict the context through a reading for gist activity. As the second task, Ss are encouraged to read the text to detect specific languages that are related to the main character of the text. To further involve the learners in the reading comprehension text, Ss do a true false activity, and finally personalize this skill through an question and answer task.


Abc video clip, choose the best answer handout(HO1), fill-in the gap handout (HO2), true/false handout (

Main Aims

  • To enable learners to improve their reading comprehension skills by following reading for gist and reading for fuller comprehension strategies

Subsidiary Aims

  • To strengthen the learners' speaking ability through a giving opinion task


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To introduce the topic and engage students

Say "hello" in 3 languages Ask Ss to answer the questions in pairs: 1. How many languages they can speak? 2. How did they learn them? 3. Are you interested in learning a newer language? Which language and Why?

Pre-Reading (10-12 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Play the video clip Elicit the following vocabularies through the clip (following MPF): 1. multilingual 2. fluent 3. barrier Refer Ss to the picture of the text and ask if they know the languages Play the audio and encourage them to write the names of the countries next to numbers

While-Reading/Listening #1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist activities

Part A) Ask students to read the text quickly and choose the best topic for the text ICQs: 1. Are you going to do it in pairs? No 2. Are you going to write the answers? No 3. How much time have you got for this activity? 3 mins Feedback Pair-check Ask them to justify their answers briefly Part B) Ask students to read the text for the second time as fast as the previous time and answer questions of handout 2 ICQs: 1. How many questions should you answer? (7) 2. How many countries can you write in your answers? one or more 3. Are you going to read it quickly? yes Demo the first part Feedback in pairs Refer Ss to the back of their handout for further checking

While-Reading#2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging tasks which require fuller comprehension

Instructions Here are 6 True/False questions Read the text more CAREFULLY and answer the questions You have 10 minutes ICQs Monitor Ss while they are reading and help them with the meaning of new phrases if necessary Feedback Ss pair check their answers Ss come to board and do right/left jumping for getting feedback in a fun way Ss need to justify their answers to with reference to the text and to clear up any confusion

Post-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to follow-on through writing and speaking

Ss mingle and do a class survey Ss report back their findings to the whole class

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